Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Celebrated at Blackfriars Playhouse

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

STAUNTON--- Today is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, and his death. Many people celebrated tonight by catching a performance at the Blackfriar's Playhouse.

Birth and death records were not as well kept in Shakespeare's time, but today is considered as his birthday and day of death. The Blackfriar's Playhouse performs in the tradition of his plays, including faux natural and candle light and actors playing multiple characters. We spoke with two Shakespeare aficionados, who happened to be seated on stage during Othello. They told us their thoughts on the writer's lasting legacy.

"He brought us so much with his plays, not only culturally but as people, we can learn from a lot of the things that his characters go through in his plays," said Meredith Lemert, a theater student.
"450s a big year of course, and he's considered to be the greatest writer of all time, for good, good reason," said William Marshall Lemert, who plans to attend the Shakespeare summer program.

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